Pages 645-646, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




FREDERICK H. BAYER, a resident of Center township, Woodson county, is a native of New York city, his birth having there occurred on the 21st of April, 1863. His father, John H. Bayer, is one of the prosperous men of Woodson county, having accumulated much real estate and other property, which indicates that his career has been a busy and useful one.

Frederick H. Bayer is the eldest of four children, and has practically spent his entire life in Woodson county. He was educated in the country schools, and remained at home until twenty-five years of age. He worked in the fields under the hot summer sun and assisted in the improvement of the farm throughout the period of his minority. On the 19th of October, 1887. Mr. Bayer was united in marriage to Miss Mary H. Seitz, a daughter of Jacob Seitz, who came to the United States from Prussia and


located in Woodson county, Kansas, before the Civil war. When the country became involved in hostilities he joined the army and aided in upholding the Union. He died in 1873, at the age of forty years, leaving the following children: Mrs. Bayer, William, Annie and one now deceased. Mrs. Seitz afterward married Ferdinand Schade and unto them were born four children: Ferdinand, Henry, August and John. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Bayer has been blessed with six children, namely: Dora, John, Henry, Charles, Edgar and Clarence.

Mr. Bayer purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in West Center township, a tract of unimproved prairie. He at once began its cultivation and has wrought a great transformation in its appearance. He has also added to his realty holdings until his landed possessions now aggregate six hundred and forty acres of land in addition to the first purchase. The raising of hay claims much of his time, and the sales of the product materially increase his financial resources. Mr. Bayer votes with the Republican party, thus giving evidence of his political belief, and socially he is connected with Center Lodge, K. P., being an exemplary member of the organization.

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